University of Dundee

DMPK Technology Lead

Drug Discovery Unit
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Closing Date: 
Thursday, June 18, 2020
Grade 8 (£41,526 - £49,553)

The School of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee is a world-class academic institution with a reputation for the excellence of its research, its high quality teaching and student experience, and the strong impact of its activities outside academia. With 900 staff from over 60 countries worldwide the School provides a dynamic, multi-national, collegiate and diverse environment with state-of-the-art laboratory, technology and teaching facilities.

We are looking for a highly motivated experienced DMPK scientist with a PhD in Pharmacology, Pharmaceutical sciences or another related discipline. This is a strategic position within the Drug Discovery Unit (DDU), responsible for leading specific technology development within the DMPK arena and overseeing implementation into projects from early hit discovery through to preclinical candidate selection.

The DDU (see is a fully integrated drug discovery operation based within a world-class Life Sciences research environment. Our remit is to complement BioPharma activities by tackling both neglected disease drug discovery (leishmaniasis, Chagas disease, TB, Cryptosporidiosis and malaria) and validating novel drug targets across a range of therapeutics areas. The DDU works to Biotech style philosophy and standards incorporating, dynamic, goal driven project management based on Target Product Profiles and Compound Selection Criteria. The project goals are therapeutic area dependent but range from quality leads demonstrating disease model proof of concept, through to pre-clinical development candidates.

The post is open ended and available immediately. Salary will depend on experience.

This role does not meet the minimum requirements set by the UKVI to enable sponsorship of migrant workers. Further information can be found at:

Your priorities will include:

  •  Drive new technology development in DMPK working with project teams to implement in the drug discovery pathway when validated.
  • Design and co-ordinate ADME, PK, and PK/PD studies to robustly validate the utility of new technologies of potential significant added value to current process.
  • Proactively communicate strategic plan and progress to the leadership team and relevant technology partners
  • Expand internal and external scientific visibility and maintain effective interactions with academic and industrial partners, contributing to scientific advancements, publications and presentations at conferences

Who we’re looking for:

Required Attributes:

  • A PhD or equivalent in a relevant scientific discipline such as pharmacology, pharmaceutical sciences or biochemistry with relevant experience in drug discovery and development within an academic, biotech, CRO or Pharma DMPK department.
  • Excellent communication, presentation, interpersonal skills, both written and spoken, with an ability to inform, influence, convince, and persuade.
  • Demonstrated strong leadership, line management, tactical and strategic thinking skills.
  • Good time management and organisational skills.
  • A willingness to work flexibly to meet project milestones.

Preferred Attributes:

  • Previous experience of driving a technology development of relevance to DMPK an advantage.
  • Extensive experience of drug discovery and development projects including experience as a core team member and good understanding of other disciplines

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The Drug Discovery Unit operates on an external funding basis. The Principal Investigators within the unit are highly successful in securing external funding for their multi-disciplinary and highly collaborative research and activities.

We are one of the UK’s leading universities – internationally recognised for our expertise across a range of disciplines and research breakthroughs in multiple areas, including science, medicine and engineering, amongst many others. Conveniently located on the banks of River Tay, our main city-centre campus is at the heart of Dundee - an up-and-coming, friendly, compact and affordable city with a rich heritage in design and technology. Just a short walk from the V&A Museum of Design Dundee, we’re close to both the train and bus stations. We also have campuses at Ninewells Hospital and in Kirkcaldy which are easily accessible via local transport links.

For further information about this position please contact Professor Kevin Read at To find out more about Drug Discovery Unit please visit our website.

The diversity of our staff and students helps to make the University of Dundee a UK university of choice for undergraduate, postgraduate and distance learning. Family friendly policies, staff networks for BME, Disabled and LGBT staff, membership of Athena SWAN, the ECU Race Equality Charter and Stonewall as well a full range of disability services, create an enjoyable and inclusive place to work.